Review: Steel Panther – Balls Out



Crude, rude, filthy, and more infectious than a bad case of herpes–that sums up Balls Out, the new record from Hollywood’s Steel Panther. After their breakout debut album, the self-professed legends of the Sunset Strip return with 14 sex-crazed, drug-fueled, ’80s-infused anthems, from the stampeding opener “Supersonic Sex Machine” to the almost poetic “Just Like Tiger Woods” and the spectacularly absurd “It Won’t Suck Itself.” The humor is juvenile, over-the-top, tongue-in-cheek, and in very, very bad taste. The musicianship is noticeably more layered than on their debut album, giving guitarist Satchel room to rip off some killer riffs and wail some face-melting solos. However, the guys miss a beat with the downright misogynistic “That’s What Girls Are For.”  Love ’em or hate ’em, you have to give the guys credit for their unapologetic attitude and seriously catchy tunes (“Gold Digging Whore” we’re looking at you). Before you know it, you’ll be singing along to lyrics that are so vulgar and obscene they could make John Waters blush. Marilyn Manson, step aside. The new shock-rock–or is it shocker-rock?–kings are in town. JEREMY BORJON

  • Anonymous

    I agree vulgar to the bone and in bad taste but the band is good and your right it is infectious to say the least. These guys have been around for quite a while as an 80’s cover band but finally broke out into their own (cause no other band wants to be them lol). They are good , Satchel is a great guitar player and Mike Starr has a great voice as well.

  • Mats

    balls out kicks fuckin’ ass, period

  • Dondon Paeldin

    i like that;;

  • Buchan

    suck my hairy ding dong and swallow my juggle juice – OH YEH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • metalchick

    band would be good if it wasn’t so vulgar. i hate that shit. they don’t have to insult females and be so fucking nasty to sound good.

  • Roarspad

    The funny thing is that’s how it was in the 80’s, vulgar it is but it is meant to be. Feel The Steel is a ripper of a disk. Balls out pardon the pun it peters out. metalchick that is how the LA chicks in the 80’s were there just making fun of it.

  • JD

    i think they’re fucking hilarious, but marilyn manson is undoubtedly the most freaky-ass man-woman on the damn planet

  • MT

    One thing that should be mentioned is that the band is a joke, or parody – they’re very talented musicans pretending to be a misogynistic glam band from the 80’s.

    • Edward Hippisley-Cox

      No way. 

  • Panther Fan !!

    Yeah……they could have a MUCH bigger audience if they just toned down the nasty. Don’t use the F and the C word ….there’s plenty of substitutes, guys. I’d like to see them be a lot more successful but they’ll never do it with XXX language and themes in the songs.